When Do I Need to Deploy the VSTO Runtime? (Mary Lee)

Aaron wrote a great article about the VSTO runtime components earlier, which explained the Office extensions for .NET Framework 3.5 and Office extensions for .NET Framework 4. He also explained that starting in Microsoft Office 2010, the Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office runtime is included and does not need to be deployed alongside your… Read more

Why Should I Upgrade from .Net Framework 3.5 to .Net Framework 4 ? (Navneet Gupta)

I was chatting with some of my friends about Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 and they asked me why should they move their application to .Net Framework 4, I am answering the question here for everybody to benefit. Frankly speaking there is no definitive answer; it is like there is no single pill… Read more

Show and Hide Context Menu Items in Outlook 2010 (Norm Estabrook)

If you have written code that shows and hides context menu items in Outlook 2007, that code might not behave well in Outlook 2010. That is exactly what happened to this individual who recently posted to the VSTO forum. The command bar object model (which most folks use to muck around with menus) has been… Read more

Activate Ribbon Tabs in Office 2010 Solutions (Norm Estabrook)

Office 2010 now lets you activate tabs on the Ribbon. I gave this a try in a Outlook 2010 project and was very pleased with how easy it was to accomplish. Here are a couple of back-of-the-napkin examples that I chicken scratched over lunch. From the Ribbon Load event This code activates (puts in focus)… Read more

Add a Custom Task Pane to Project 2010 (Norm Estabrook)

Good news! Project 2010 supports custom task panes! Bad News! Getting one to appear in a Project 2010 is not so obvious. Good News! It’s a lot easier than I make it sound. In this post, I’ll show you how to add a custom task pane to Project 2010 by using a Project 2010 or… Read more

Will your VSTO addin run on Office 2010 64-bit? Yes, probably. (Christin Boyd)

The Visual Studio team is designing the runtime components for Office 2010 so that your Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 .NET addins, document solutions and spreadsheet solutions will run on 64-bit Office 2010.  These runtime components will ship with Office 2010, so your end-users won’t even have to download a… Read more

32bit Visual Studio and 64bit Office (Christin Boyd)

Visual Studio 2010 will ship with a 32bit version, and no 64bit version.  My team built a very smart layer into Visual Studio 2010 to enable designers and debuggers that work with 64bit Office 2010 and 64bit SharePoint Server 2010.  For a good explanation of why the Visual Studio team chose to only build a… Read more

Developing for Office and SharePoint Server 2010 (Christin Boyd)

I get a lot of questions about the future.  When will Office and SharePoint release?  First half of 2010. Is VSTO part of Microsoft’s long term strategy?  Yes!  The Office tools shipped in VS 2008 and will ship in VS 2010 with lots of cool new improvements.  We strongly encourage and support .NET development on… Read more

My Word Add-In Creates Duplicate Menu Items. Make it Stop! (Norm Estabrook)

So I want my add-in to place a custom command into the shortcut menu. The shortcut menu is that cool menu that appears when you right-click a document. Great, so I read some articles in MSDN, write some code, run the add-in and voila there it is! I give it to my buddy, he is… Read more